The Movie Database Support

I know I can get the full list of credits for an actor by their id, but is there a way to just get their 3 most famous films as shown here?


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Hi simonjw,

There is no such API method at the moment. I've created a new ticket for this though, and will give it some thought.

Thanks Travis, do you mind me asking how is it done on your side at the moment?


Sure, no problem.

I take all of the movies from a person and order them by number of ratings and order them desc. This gives a fairly accurate guide to what the most "famous" movies a person is known for.

So to get the "Known For" for Morgan Freeman I could have to make 100+ api calls? (with a limit of 30 calls per 10 seconds?)

Hi vidar,

At the moment it's not really possible. I still have to complete ticket #316 to get person credit objects to match the rest of the media items across the API. Once that is complete, grabbing everything in a single /combined_credits call will be possible.

The /search/person method returns the "known for" items. This may be of some help.

Thanks @Paszt, yes, a search returns known_for. The information I posted above is relevant to try to get that information outside of a search.

I recently made all of the person credit methods return the standard media objects which means this is something you can definitely build on your own now. Take a look at the improved responses:

One more update... The person method now also includes a known_for_department which you can use to know what department to build a persons "known for" data with.

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